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 New Zealand Gallops News 
Friday, April 14 2017

Outstanding debutante Flamingo might be in line for an early opportunity to add black type to her record.

Flamingo  - Race Images Palmerston North

The well-named Pins three-year-old - she is a daughter of the stakes winner Bird - is in contention for a start in the Gr.3 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders' Stakes at Te Rapa later this month if the filly races up to expectations at Hastings on Saturday.

Untested to win at Tauherenikau last month, Flamingo will again take on the older horses in the New Zealand Bloodstock National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale 8-9 May Handicap.

"She was pretty impressive in her first start. We hadn't asked much of her in her three trials, we knew how good she was from her work," said Emma Haworth, who prepares the Waikato Stud-bred and owned Flamingo with her father David.

"She might not have beaten a lot, but she just cantered past them. We're looking forward to Saturday and then maybe Te Rapa."

Haworth said they are hoping for reasonable footing at Hastings for Flamingo and for stablemate Balham, who runs in the Listed Winning Edge Presentations Hawke's Bay Gold Cup.

"He should go a good race as long as the track's okay, it's been too wet for him in his last two starts.

"It's a strong field on Saturday, but he has beaten at least half of them before."

Balham was third in the Waipukurau Cup two runs back and then tailed a small field home on heavy going at Trentham behind the Gr.2 Manco Easter Stakes-bound Hiflyer.

Posted by: Racing Desk AT 07:41 am   |  Permalink   |  Email